North east Association Women’s Fellowship Fall Meeting

October 18th, 2017

North east Association Women’s Fellowship Fall Meeting
Wednesday,  November 1st
Ipswich Congregational Church
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All women are invited to the Ipswich Congregational Church on Wed. Nov. 1st.  Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and sorted breads.  The speaker will be Carrie Schuchardt, co-director with her husband, John, of the House of Peace in Ipswich and community of hospitality and healing.

The luncheon program will cost $7.  If you would like to attend, please call Joyce Bergsten (978) 535-1531 by Sunday, October 29th.  Please let Joyce know if you need a ride and plan to meet her at 8:45 a.m. at the Emerson Center parking lot.  Diana Titus, Carole Hoover and Joyce are hoping to see you there and greet other women from the North Shore.

Many thanks,
Joyce Bergsten, on behalf of the Women’s Fellowship

Groceries for Good Items Needed

October 18th, 2017

Groceries for Good Items Needed
The Top Cupboard Pantry’s schedule is 8 am – 10 am,
2nd and 4th Saturdays monthly. Located at Trinity Church 124 River Rd. Topsfield

Below is a list of products we could use for the food pantry:
Canned peas
Canned carrots
Gluten-free items
Potato (dried)
Stuffing mix
Peanut butter
Jelly and jam
Vegetable oil
Plain canned beans (not baked)
Liquid dishwashing soap
Laundry detergent
Salt, pepper

October Birthday Listing

October 10th, 2017

Happy Birthday to:
Gerard Natale Jr.: 10/02
Hadley Spater: 10/02
Brendan Roche: 10/02
Kindra Clineff: 10/04
Jessica Giacchino:10/04
Jeff Panella: 10/07
Doug McIlvaine: 10/09
Matt Crowley: 10/10
Amanda Bibbins: 10/14
Amy Bruch: 10/14
Nathan Miller: 10/15
Emily Wheeler: 10/15
Abby Reblin: 10/16
Karen Trevfenen: 10/17
Dylan Frere: 10/18
Mary Jelinek: 10/18
Rebecca Knowles:10/18
Donna Ames: 10/22
Callie Ierardi: 10/23
Elizabeth Jackson:10/23
Taylor Aitchison: 10/24
Mark Daniels: 10/24
Lauren Mudgett: 10/24
Damian Townes: 10/25
Elizabeth Dwinell: 10/28
Anne Barrett: 10/29
Brianna Itz: 10/31
Olivia Tatum: 10/31

Volunteers needed to help host the Emmaus Cycle for Shelter Water Stop

June 12th, 2017

CCT is again hosting the Emmaus Cycle for Shelter water stop in the gazebo on the green on Sunday, July 23.  Emmaus is a nonprofit organization located in Haverhill which provides housing and services for the homeless.  The Cycle for Shelter is its major annual fundraising event.  The cyclists riding the 40-mile and 100-mile route will stop at the gazebo for water, snacks, and friendly encouragement.   We are looking for volunteers to help set up from 8:30-10:00 a.m., take down from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., and/or do one or two-hour shifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  on Sunday, July 23.  Our water stop’s theme this year is Boston Celtics!   If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Claudia Worth at

Sign Up for Lifebridge!

May 4th, 2017

It’s time to sign up for Lifebridge for the upcoming spring and summer months.

We need 4-6 volunteers to prepare and serve dinner to about 100 Lifebridge clients on the fourth Friday of each month. You would pick up the food and menu/instructions at the Emerson Center between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and return to Topsfield by 8 p.m. Come with your family and friends! Newcomers are welcome and would be paired with seasoned volunteers. It’s a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity and the clients are so very appreciative of our good home cooking. And you don’t even need to do the dishes!

If you can help out on any of the following dates or have any questions ,please contact Cathy Szymanski ( or 978-887-9244) or Sallie Bowling ( or 978-887-1059.

May 26,   June 23,   July 28,   August 25,   Sept. 22

Thank you in advance for your help with this important church ministry!

Cathy Szymanski, on behalf of the Board of Missions and Outreach


Join the R.I.M. Walk for Refugees

May 4th, 2017
  • When: May 20th …registration at 9:30am walk starts at 10am rain or shine
  • Where: Gazebo at Lake Quannapowitt (Lower Common-1 Church street, Wakefield, MA
  • Parking: plenty of street parking
  • Walking: at your own pace, walk an enjoyable 3 miles around beautiful Lake Quannapowitt-about 1 hour
  • snacks: water and light snacks provided

Please Join Cathy Imboden on May 20th walking  to raise money for RIM North Shore cluster( one of our mission partners)! Unable to walk? You can still donate via the RIM website link to her page here  or save the processing fee and donate by check payable to RIM (Northshore in memo field). All funds will go to client aid for rent, utilities, transportation, and food for our North Shore families.

Jim Barnes

Board of Mission and Outreach


Interested in Becoming a Member of CCT

April 26th, 2017

An information session for people interested in becoming members of the church will be held on Sunday, May 21 after the service in the Parlor of the Emerson Center.  New members will be received during the service on Sunday, June 4.
Contact Wendy ( by email or phone the church office at (978) 887-2101 x 11.

Invitation to Volunteer at IMEC in N Andover

April 26th, 2017

Last year we responded to an invitation from Second Congregational Church of Boxford to join them in volunteering at IMEC (International Medical Equipment), and we had a nice CCT turnout.

Second Congregational is inviting us to join them again on Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 AM to Noon at IMEC, 1620 Osgood Street

(the former Lucent facility), North Andover, to help pack medical equipment. They are looking for about 6 volunteers from CCT.

Car pools will leave Second Congregational at 8:45 AM or you can just go to IMEC headquarters directly.

If you are interested in volunteering on May 13 please sign up at this link

Any questions please contact Jim Barnes at 978-764-1583.

Board of Missions and Outreach


Beyond Immigration Policy: Religion, Race, Culture, Economy?!

March 17th, 2017

Sat. April 8th, 2017           Registration:  9:30 a.m.             Event Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Congregational Church of Topsfield- Emerson Center – Fellowship Hall

9 East Common St.  Topsfield, MA.

Presentation and Panel Discussions with:

Presentations and panel discussions with:

Elsabel Rincon: “Historical, Cultural, and Economic Aspects of the US Immigrant Experience”

Eman Lasheen: “A Syrian Refugee Story”

Tom Warren: “RIM Caregiving: Visiting ICE Detainees”

Raheel Raza: “Islamophobia and Political Correctness”

Complimentary soup lunch.

Sponsored by the Congregational Church of Topsfield

Public Welcome

FMI 978-887-2101 x 11

Presentation After the Service Sunday, March 19th

March 16th, 2017

Please join members of the Adult Christian Education and Mission team in welcoming Nancy and Ron Rucker to CCoT Sunday, March 19th. They will be offering a presentation about the Rural Preventures project in India after the worship service in the Emerson Center parlor.

Nancy and Ron Rucker have been retired for a number of years and have traveled extensively during this period.  During their working careers, Nancy was an archivist at the local historical museum in Middlebury and Ron was College Librarian at Middlebury College.  They have lived in Middlebury since 1976 and prior to that in Ithaca, New York.

Nancy and Ron traveled for several weeks in India in 2009, at the urging of our good friend Robert Granner who divides his time between Middlebury and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu State.  We visited Mr. Granner at his home near Kodaikanal and he took us to some of the locations, including Poombarai, which are the focus of the health and educational initiatives of Rural Pre-Ventures Charitable Trust.  It was at his suggestion that we became involved in founding the American support arm in 2012.